EDUC5465 Science Curriculum I

6 points
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Multi-mode Multiple modes of delivery. Unit includes a mix of online and on-campus study requirements. On campus attendance for some activities is required to complete this unit.
This unit focuses on the teaching and learning of science in secondary school. It includes theory necessary to understand the teaching of science such as constructivism, students' conceptions, conceptual change, scientific literacy and the nature of science. The essential, practical aspects of teaching science including science curriculum, planning, teaching strategies, laboratory safety and assessment are covered. The unit explores issues facing science educators today such as the use of analogies and models, motivation, resources, excursions and using information and communication technology (ICT) in the classroom.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an awareness of the developmental needs and interests of adolescent learners in science; (2) explain student's learning of science in terms of theory including constructivism and conceptual change; (3) demonstrate a repertoire of teaching and learning strategies relevant to the secondary science curriculum; (4) plan and evaluate student centred instructional sequences (lesson plans and programs) for effective and engaging learning; (5) display the skills required to evaluate and develop instructional resources for science, including ICT and other educational technologies; and (6) understand effective assessment practice in science through the planning of assessment tasks.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) oral communication; (2) a series of lesson plans; and (3) a learning program. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the oral communication, a series of lesson plans, and a learning program components.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Vaille Dawson
Unit rules
enrolment in one of the following: Graduate Diploma in Education; Master of Teaching; Master of Science Communication and Education
Advisable prior study:
at least four units of science such as biology, human biology, chemistry or physics, with at least two units at Level 2
Contact hours
30 contact hours (150 hours total time commitment). Further information available in the unit outline.

Venville, G. and Dawson, V., eds The Art of Teaching Science, 2nd edn: Allen and Unwin 2012

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